18 Low-Calorie Alternatives to Cooking With Pasta

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18 Low-Calorie Alternatives to Cooking With Pasta
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My love for pasta—and, to be honest, all carb-heavy foods, is bittersweet. Because while one recent study found that eating pasta won’t make you gain dramatic amounts of weight, my own personal experience suggests otherwise. As a compromise, I’ll often switch out the starchy base for zucchini noodles–one cup comes to about 20 calories, compared with about 220 calories in one cup of pasta.

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The easiest way to make zucchini pasta is using a spiralizer (you’ll see some options to shop above), but you can also make ’em using a vegetable peeler. Just cut lengthwise down the zucchini using the peeler, stopping when you reach the seeds, then slice the zucchini into thinner strips until it resembles spaghetti. From here, you can either follow one of the 18 amazing recipes in the slideshow ahead, or keep it simple and cook in a skillet with olive oil over medium heat for one minute. Then, add some water and cook for another five minutes, or until your #zoodles are soft. Enjoy!

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Summer Zoodle Glow Bowl

The Glowing Fridge

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Zucchini Alfredo

Damn Delicious

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30-Minute Turkey Bolognese

Whole and Heavenly Oven

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5 Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

Two Peas and Their Pod

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Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad

Simply Recipes

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Pesto Zucchini Noodles With Grilled Chicken and Tomato

Closet Cooking

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Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Joyful Healthy Eats

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French Onion Zoodle Bake

Climbing Grier Mountain

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Zucchini Noodles With Bacon, Ricotta, and Peas

Recipe Runner

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Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad

The Healthy Maven

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Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Sally's Baking Addiction

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Sun-Dried Tomato Mediterannean Zucchini Noodles Salad

Whole and Heavenly Oven

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Skinny Shrimp Scampi With Zucchini Noodles

Just a Taste

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Zucchini Noodles With Creamy Avocado Pesto

Eat Yourself Skinny

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Shrimp Scampi With Zucchini Noodles

Closet Cooking

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Zucchini Noodle Carbonara

SkinnyMs

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Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl

The Almond Eater

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Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles Salad

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